Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Josh Harnett and Samuel L. Jackson in Resurrecting the Champ (Yari Film Group)
It's not often that you'll find a tag line for a movie that actually sums up the story effectively. But Resurrecting the Champ (opening August 24 throughout San Diego) has such a tag line in its ads: "Based on a true story, that was based on a lie."
Resurrecting the Champ was inspired by a 1997 Los Angeles Times Magazine article by J.R. Moehringer. The film version stars Josh Hartnett as Moehringers on screen alter ego, Erik Kernan, an up and coming sports writer who's just aching for the kind of story that will put him on the journalistic map. Kernan has established himself as a dependable writing machine, able to crank out more stories than practically anyone else on staff. But his work is always buried on the back pages and that proves a bitter pill for him to swallow.